I've already lost one Twitter
follower over what I'm going to post here (and I sure didn't go into as
much detail in 140 characters as I'm going to do here). But, for
goodness sake folks, if you are getting something out of your life - be
it meat, or refined carbs, or people or whatever - then really get the
things out of your life. Stop blogging/posting/commenting on what is
OUT of your life, and focus on what is IN your life.
Focusing on what is 'not in your life' keeps the stuff IN your life.
If you've gone vegetarian,
stop the obsessing with other people eating meat - otherwise 'meat' is
still a focus of your life. If someone offers you some, you just say 'I
don't do that anymore, thanks" and eat something else.
Same thing if you have decided to no longer let your past limit you now.
Stop pointing out the scars you got from your past. Pointing them out -
focusing on the scars - keeps the past as your organizing principle.
Friends/family keep bringing up your ex?
Calmly say that you are not going to discuss that issue any more, it's
over, and change the subject. And do NOT change it to "why do you keep
insisting on discussing 'this topic'. Change it to something positive
or future oriented. Like your planned vegan meal for dinner, and how
you love it (see? not how you are 'replacing meat with X, Y, or Z).
Remember that Zen
allegory: "Older monk and younger monk walking to the next town
together. At a river, there is a woman trying to cross, unsuccessfully,
so is back on the short, crying or whatever. As monks, they aren't
even supposed to NOTICE women (which I think is bullshit, and that this
is an American story 'set in Asia to be cool', but, well, whatever).
The older monk, saying nothing, picks the woman up and crosses the river
with her. On the other side, still silent, he puts her down and
continues on his way.
"Younger monk is fuming! They walk
for a few hours, and then younger monk turns to his companion, saying
"WTF? We aren't supposed to touch women, we aren't supposed to NOTICE
women, and there you were, picking one up. You are SO full of crap!"
Older monk looks at him, and replies "I put the woman down hours ago -
why are you still carrying her?"
Just do it.